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Cro-Mags Return With 'Don't Give In' EP, Their First New Release In 19 Years
Hardcore heroes Cro-Mags released their first new music in 19 years today, dropping the 3-song Don't Give In EP.
The band's lineup on the EP consists of Haley Flanagan, who won sole ownership of the Cro-Mags name in a legal settlement, on lead vocals and bass Gabby Abularach and Rocky George on guitar and Garry Sullivan on drums. As a result of the settlement, there is a separate iteration of Cro-Mags known as “Cro-Mags JM” featuring John Joseph, Mackie Jayson, A.J. Novello and Craig Setari, according to Consequence of Sound.
The new EP marks the first release under the Cro-Mags name since 2000's Revenge. After teasing on Instagram that the new music sounds like "Metallica meets Minor Threat," Flanagan described how the EP came together with Victory Records and Arising Empire in a statement:
"I got a strange phone call in the middle of the night that turned out to be from Tony Brummel of Victory Records,” Flanagan said. “I thought it was a prank call; it turned out not to be, and I worked out record deals with Victory and Arising Empire in Europe. One of the many things that make me happy about signing with Victory and Arising Empire is that they are genuinely fans of my music and know the history; they are not just labels trying to make money off us or the genre.”
Don’t Give In is available digitally here, with a 7″ vinyl version due out Aug. 2.